Jul 2, 2017 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterLanna Jordan won the breakaway roping crown at the National Junior High School Finals.
She saddled her own horse when she was just 3 years old.At 4, she ran barrels competitively against much older girls.
You might say Lanna Jordan was born on a horse.
The 14-year-old, soon to be Shoshoni High School freshman, continued that trend last weekend in Lebanon, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, and took home the breakaway championship in the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo.
Jordan competed against 200 other girls from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Brazil.
Her combined time of 7.33 seconds was 1.73 seconds ahead of second-place Kenlie Raby of Mt. Vernon, Arkansas.
The margin of victory was one of the largest in the history of the breakaway championships.
The event was completed in very wet, soupy conditions after several days of rain.
"The faster I swing coming of the box the faster my time is," said Jordan. "I take two swings and take it."
She won the title on a 22-year old quarter-horse gelding named Sid.
"He's bulletproof," said Jordan.
Casual observers don't realize the work that goes into championship rodeo. Riders often scout their livestock like NFL scouts peruse game film.
"I drew great cattle," said Jordan. "I scouted the calves and watched them on video when they ran with two girls before."
Another secret for success comes from her father, Lance, who pushes the calves out of the chute on each of Lanna's runs.
"He's solid," said Jordan. "Dad knows what he's doing."
The trip to the Nashville area took 23 hours, with Lance pulling a four-horse trailer.The Jordans took two of Lanna's horses and carried two more owned by Mason and Clay Trollinger of Ten Sleep.
"We stopped every six hours to let the horses walk around," said Jordan.
"We just pulled off in front of one house, and the people let us ride on their property. It was really cool."
Adding to Jordan's phenomenal performance, she won the title with a broken foot, suffered when her horse stepped on her and broke four small bones.
Though she's not even in high school yet, Jordan has garnered notice from Chadron State, Central Wyoming College and Montana State University.
At present, MSU has the lead because Jordan would like to go into equine chiropractic. Montana State has a solid rodeo team, as well.
With more than 200 competitors from all over the Western Hemisphere and Australia, many personalities were present, she said.
"The Texas and Oklahoma kids were really cocky, "Jordan said. "Our Wyoming kids came in and put up a heck of a fight."
Jordan comes from a long line of horsemen and women in her family.
"My mom (Christine) was hooked on horses," said Jordan. "I caught on and had a love for them, too. She was a great teacher and role model for me with horses and rodeo."
"I thank my grandpa Gene (Jordan) for getting me there and working with me," said Jordan. "I thank my brother (Coleter) too. His pep talks kept me going. My grandma Debbie also supported me all the way."
Jordan won a host of prizes in winning the competition. She took home a Todd Sloan saddle, four belt buckles and a breast buckle collar for her horse.She was presented with a pair of winter horse blankets, Becks sun glasses, a pair of Aria boots, an American cowboy hat and a $1,050 college scholarship from Cinch Inc. that can be used at the school of her choice.
Jeans, shirts and a world champion embossed leather jacket rounded out the large assortment of championship prizes.
Joining Jordan in the event was sixth-grade Shoshoni cowboy Cannon Campbell, the son of Jock and Chera Campbell.
As one of the youngest qualifiers and in his first national finals appearance, Campbell finished 24th out of 134 competitors in goat tying, narrowly missing the short go. The incoming seventh-grader is an avid roper as well.
Both students are active in Shoshoni school activities and athletics.
Campbell played football, basketball, wrestled and competes in track, while Jordan played volleyball and basketball in junior high and plans to continue as a Wrangler freshman next fall.
The Sand Mesa cowgirl has come a long way since her first competition as a f4-year old a decade ago. Her goal is competing at the professional level in a few years.
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